Do you hear what I hear? There’s Christmas cheer on Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights.
The City of Glendale hosts the annual Glendale Glitters in Historic Downtown Glendale. It opened on November 25, 2011, and it is notably one of the main attractions in the area. However, the celebration has many other events involved. Downtown Glendale is decorated in a million festive lights, attracting both children and adults alike. Aside from Glendale Glitters, there are many other events, including Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights.
Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights, held on December 16 and 17, 2011, is a free, two-night event that features music, dance and other entertainment. In addition, the event features a variety of food and beverages, arts and crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa Claus, and toys, hats and gifts to purchase.
On the first night, the performers included Legend Springs Elementary, Sounds of the Southwest Singers and Glendale Union High School District Vocal Ensembles. On the second night, the performers included The Phoenix Conservatory Sound, Arizona Sunrays, Spotlight Entertainment and Prestige Dance.
The first night of performers sang various old, holiday songs such as “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Last Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas is You” and many more favorites. Along with the Christmas songs were popular rock songs. The audience gathered around the lawns overlooking the stage below decorated with different sets involving Christmas presents, reindeer ears, a Christmas tree, etc. Even the mean, old Grinch made an appearance! Legend Springs Elementary, Sounds of the Southwest Singers, and the Vocal Ensembles of Glendale Union High School District, had decorative, flashy costumes that reflected in the light, which literally made the young girls and boys shine on stage.
The dance routines and twirls made for quite an enjoyable performance. You can’t help but to swing along to the beat and mouth the words of the song. You could see the kids clearly having fun on stage with their full smiles in-between breaths and singing. The performers grew even more exuberant when their family and friends in the audience cheered and applauded for them after every song.
Armed with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, the excitement of Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights never ends.